We come from countries in North America, Central America, Asia, Africa and Europe where we live and work among the people. In response to a call from our loving God, we give our lives to work toward achieving God’s desire for a just and peaceful world for all peoples.
The Visit from our General Administration Team from Montreal has just been completed. Eight Sisters waved them off from the front door of Wilton SSND Community a few minutes ago. We even attempted one verse of “Ave Maris Stella.”
This past week was spent visiting some places in New York City and Connecticut. Thank God we had good weather for all the days we needed it. Beginning at St. Jean Baptiste High School we met students, staff and Board Members. Our schools are exciting, inspiring places of liberating education. From SJB we split into three groups to visit Covenant House, Encore (SRO for the poor) and the Archdiocesan offices.
Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame with Archbishop Blair of Hartford, CT
Associates in NB will gather at St Anthony’s Parish Hall in Fredericton on Saturday, November 1 from 10:00-3:00. Sr Della Gaudet, CND, who lived in Troyes, France for 10 years, will provide a presentation on the life of Marguerite Bourgeoys. Winnie and Marjorie will provide updates about their work and the committees that they participate in.
The Toronto conference planning group is thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker will be Canadian human rights activist, journalist and author, Sally Armstrong.
Sally “has covered stories in zones of conflict all over the world. From Bosnia and Somalia to Rwanda and Afghanistan, her eyewitness reports have earned her the Amnesty International Media Award three times over, as well as acclaim all over the world.”
Sally Armstrong’s book, Ascent of Women (2013) is highly recommended reading and “shows us why empowering women and girls is the way forward.”
D&P, you will remember, is an important part of our Canadian church. For the past 45 years we have been supporting and empowering the poor in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
During the 2014 Lent campaign, D&P focused on the issue of hunger and food production. Since more than one billion people still suffer from hunger around the world, D&P is making this the focus of its 2014 education campaign.
I am not sure about all of my companions, but I know I am still marching. September 21 was a marvelous and grace-filled day. Being part of such a peaceful mass of people whose intention was to change the patterns of our treatment of creation was just exhilarating. To do so in such good company was an extra benefit. We were so conscious that we were marching in the name of all of us: Sisters, Associates, Friends, Colleagues, and Students. We made the Congregation of Notre Dame present in an historic event.
The real test of success for the People's Climate March (New York City on September 21) will be on the concrete follow-up for change. Our first opportunity was the Global Frackdown Day. At our meeting this summer, the Congregation of Notre Dame Social Justice Network made the decision to endorse the International Frackdown Day which took place on October 11, 2014. We have been invited to take action by praying or doing advocacy.